Landlord fined over gas safety certificates

by Christopher Evans

A landlord from Leeds has been fined after failing to provide the council with gas safety certificates in the allotted time.

According to the Yorkshire Post, James Warner was also found to be breaking the terms of his licence by allowing some of his properties to become overcrowded.

He was hit with an £8,000 fine after pleading guilty at Leeds Magistrates Court.

Peter Gruen, executive board member for housing at Leeds City Council, said most landlords take their responsibilities towards tenants seriously.

But he added: "When inspections reveal those who are failing to do so, we will take action against them.

"I hope this sends out a very clear message, particularly at this time of year when many new students are moving into rented properties for the first time, that if there are problems with your accommodation the council is there to help."

Landlords are obliged under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 to arrange maintenance by a registered engineer as well as annual safety checks.

Those renting properties split into bedsits, or houses in which individual tenants have their own tenancy agreements, must acquire a House in Multiple Occupation licence.

Published on: September 23, 2010

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